Team Switzerland Eliminated, Czechs Advance, Poll Results

11th seed Latvia upset the 6th-seeded Swiss in the Elimination Round of the 2014 Men’s Hockey Tournament at the Sochi Olympic Games.

By the end of the 1st period, Latvia broke out into a 2-0 lead with goals by Oskars Bartulis and Lauris Darzins. Switzerland would strike back in the second period to cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Martin Pluss.

With a minute left in the third period, Darzins put home his second goal of the game on an empty-netter.

It was a huge upset and Team Latvia will face Team Canada tomorrow at noon ET on MSNBC.

Stats courtesy of ESPN.


Patrik Elias sat out of today’s game due to an illness.

The Czechs came storming out of the gate and finished the period with a 3-0 lead. Jaromir Jagr assisted on the 2nd Czech goal that was scored by Roman Cervenka. Cervenka would score his second goal of the game in the second period to extend the lead to 4-0.

Marian Hossa would start the Slovakian renaissance in the second period to cut the lead to 3 goals. By the time the halfway point passed in the 3rd, the score was 4-3 and the Czechs were on their heels.

Tomas Plekanec put the game away with 39 seconds left in the game. Marek Zidlicky received the secondary assist.

Team Czech Republic will face off against Team USA tomorrow at noon ET on NBCSN.

Stats courtesy of ESPN.


The past 7 days, I have posted 6 polls questioning if certain players should return next season. Today’s edition, the 7th in 8 days, is Jacob Josefson and you can cast your vote here.

All polls are still open so you can still cast your vote!

Should Andrei Loktionov Return Next Season?

Yes – 57% – 12 votes
No – 43% – 9 votes

Should Marek Zidlicky Return Next Season?

Yes – 60% – 9 votes
No – 40% – 6 votes

Should Pete DeBoer Return Next Season?

No – 65% – 70 votes
Yes – 35% – 38 votes

Should Stephen Gionta Return Next Season?

No – 50% – 5 votes
Yes – 50% – 5 votes

Should Steve Bernier Return Next Season?

Yes – 57% – 8 votes
No – 43% – 6 votes

Should Ryan Carter Return Next Season?

Yes – 58% – 7 votes
No – 42% – 5 votes

So right now, Zidlicky and Loktionov have been voted to return while Pete DeBoer has a very large majority wanting him gone.

As for the CBGB line, 2/3 are wanted back while Stephen Gionta’s fate is still up-in-the-air. Vote now so we can get even more representation in these polls!


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